General Questions

Where do I start if I am new to Stanford Domains?

  1. From, click Get Started and log in with your SUNet ID. Optional: Submit the Stanford Domains Interest Form to help us help you as you set up your new website.
  2. Go to Dashboard to choose a free subdomain name, e.g., [subdomain]
  3. After you’ve secured a subdomain name, you can install open source web applications to begin building your new website. We recommend installing a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress, but you can browse other web applications on the Stanford Domains Dashboard.
  4. Once a CMS installed, all content management will be done from the CMS application. Changes to your Stanford Domains space settings or to install other web applications must be done within the Stanford Domains web application.
  5. You should also take a look at pre-built WordPress templates for coursework websites.  Here are a few templates ready for you to use:
    • ( coursework demo template)
    • (coursework demo template)
    • (coursework demo template)

We encourage you to visit the Reclaim Hosting support site for the most up-to-date information about the platform.

For general support questions about the Stanford Domains service, please submit a Help request. If your website is down or you’re experiencing other Stanford Domains website issues, please submit a Help ticket.

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What do I do after I have created an account on Stanford Domains?

Log in to manage your Stanford Domains account here.

If you have not already installed a web application, we suggest installing WordPress. (Here’s how to install a web application).

You can also take a look at pre-built WordPress templates for coursework.  Here are a few templates for you to build your coursework website:

  • ( coursework demo template)
  • (coursework demo template)
  • (coursework demo template)
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What is ‘LinkedIn Learning’ (previously is a video repository like YouTube. However, LinkedIn contains instructional videos intended to teach viewers about specific topics and can be used to learn how to work with web applications such as WordPress.

LinkedIn Learning is normally a paid service. Fortunately, Stanford students, faculty, and staff members have FREE access to this tool at . In other words, Stanford Domains users have access to course materials associated with using

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Technical Questions

What is cPanel?

cPanel is a control panels for a web hosting account. It lets you  manage all services in a single place. The cPanel allows you to publish websites, manage domains, organize static web files. You login to your cPanel by going to URL.

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What is a subdomain?

A subdomain is a way to organize and separate content on your website. For instance, is a subdomain of Each site contains different content, but the root domain for both web addresses is

If you possess a domain (i.e.,, you are able to create an almost infinite number of subdomains associated with it (i.e.,, . In practice, this allows a user to simultaneously install multiple web applications to each of their domain and subdomains using WordPressOmekaMediaWiki, and/or Drupal .

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What is Redirect?

The Redirects in the cPanel allows you to send all of the visitors of a domain or particular page to a different URL. For example, if you have a web page with a long URL such as a pdf file on google doc, use the Redirects feature to add a redirect from a short URL to the long URL. Visitors can enter the short URL to access the content of the long URL.  Here is a scenario may be applicable to you:

You have many lectures, handouts stored on google drive.  With google drive, you can allow only students in your class to access these documents.  You want to have an easy, short URLs for student to access these documents such as  You can accomplish this with Redirect feature in

  • You already have a called
  • Your already created a website for your class called
  • You want all the handouts store in google doc have a short simple link such as,
    • First, you need to create a sub-domain called (see create a subdomain article).
    • Second, you need to create  Redirects for each of the google document (see create Redirect article)



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Frequently Asked Questions

What you can NOT do on Stanford Domains?

Stanford Domains ( is NOT intended for the following (see su.Domains goals FAQs):

  • To be a tool for learning system administration, installing packages, or complex technology such as Node.JS FrameWork, Python FrameWork, containers, etc.
  • Store HIPAA/PHI information, Medium and High Risk data.
  • Larger than 1GB storage for each account.  Users should not :
    • Host a large volumes of images or videos.
    • Store personal backups.

Note: If you need significant space for a static web pages, images, or videos,  use other options such as Amazon S3, Google Photos, or YouTube.

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What’s about using Stanford Domains for a course site?

Stanford Domains can give instructors more creative and customizable options for developing a course site. This is particularly true for courses where students may be blogging, creating digital multimodal projects, and/or experimenting with web application and technologies. (Here is a handy table of all online platforms available to Stanford instructors.)

Please note that instructors wishing to use Stanford Domains as a course site should keep in mind that it is completely optional for students to display their work and assignments on a public site. Alternate forms of assignments should be offered if students wish not to post their content publicly.

Here are a few WordPress templates that can be used for CourseWork:

  • ( coursework demo template)
  • (coursework demo template)
  • (coursework demo template)
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Is Stanford Domains hosting FERPA compliant?

Because the su.Domains server is a shared server, you should not store any FERPA/HIPAA information, such as grades, on your site. You may be at risk of violating FERPA/HIPAA if you do store FERPA/HIPAA information.  su.Domains allows only Low Risk data (see data classification from our ISO office).

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How long does my website last and can I keep after I leave Stanford?

You must respond to an annual renewal request email for each domain within 3 weeks or your site will be locked and then removed 2 weeks later.

After leaving Stanford (i.e, graduated, retired), you have an option to transfer your website to a paid account with reclaimhosting for a small fee each year, or to another third-party service provider, both are easy. We provide a 3 month grace period after graduating/retiring from Stanford after which your website will be deleted from

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Can I transfer management of my website to another Stanford user before I leave Stanford?

Yes, you can (i.e, you are leaving Stanford and have another team members to manage).   Please log a ServiceNow support ticket for assistance.

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What is Stanford Domains?

Stanford Domains is a project at Stanford University offered by the University IT – Enterprise Technology (UIT ET).

Stanford Domains offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to register a free subdomain ( and create a digital presence through various mediums such as blogs, portfolios, and wikis. Students can easy install popular open-source applications such as WordPressMediaWikiDrupal, and Omeka on their space giving them an unlimited amount of ways to creatively express and create their digital identity.

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How much does Stanford Domains cost?

Shared web hosting and subdomains are offered for free to all students, faculty, and staff at Stanford University. This free subdomain looks like [freesubdomain]

Alternatively, a custom domain (e.g., [customdomain].com)  can be acquired from and mapped to a Stanford Domains hosting account for $15/year. Learn more.  You can also purchase and map your custom domain from another domain naming service.

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What can I do with Stanford Domains?

Create a blog, or a personal website, course site, or your very own wiki page for collaboration including:

  • Learn how to create your website using basic tools such as statics html, wordpress, drupal, Wiki, blogs, etc…
  • Learn basic programing language with Perl, PHP, Python, Linux Shell scripting.
  • Have a free personal website, blogs
    • Showcase your intellectual property.
    • Publish your CV or resume.
  • Create multiple course pages such as using subdomains, and folders such as,,, etc … Or,
  • Create classroom online community (Syllabus, Weekly Schedule, connecting Student Websites, etc …)

The most popularly used technologies on Stanford Domains are websites and blogs created with WordPress.

Note: See “What I can NOT do with su.Domains.” for things to avoid

Please note that all users of Stanford Domains users must abide by the Stanford “Terms of use for sites” as well as Admin Guide Chapter 6Stanford Name Assignment Policy, and our Governance Policy below.

There are a few WordPress templates you can used to build your coursework websites:

  • ( coursework demo template)
  • (coursework demo template)
  • (coursework demo template)
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